Boise State redshirt sophomore Allie Ostrander runs to fourth place at the NCAA cross-country championships Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo provided by Michael Scott)

Boise State redshirt sophomore Allie Ostrander runs to fourth place at the NCAA cross-country championships Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo provided by Michael Scott)

Ostrander 4th at NCAA cross-country nationals

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:47am
  • Sports

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 Kenai Central graduate, finished fourth in the NCAA Division I national cross-country championships Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Boise State redshirt sophomore finished the six-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 31.2 seconds, while winner Ednah Kurgat, a New Mexico sophomore, won the race in 19:19.5. Ostrander’s effort led Boise State to a sixth-place finish.

The effort marks a continued return to form for Ostrander, who finished second at cross-country nationals as a true freshman in 2015.

Ostrander missed last year’s cross-country nationals with injury, but came back to nab the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase crown in early June. In early July, she won her first Mount Marathon women’s title to set up her strong cross-country season.

In addition to picking up All-America status Saturday, Ostrander also won the NCAA Elite 90 Award, given to the athlete with the highest grade-point average at the meet.

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